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List of Wireless Bluetooth Conference Phones

Looking for a wireless Bluetooth conferencing speakerphone to connect with your cellphone or Bluetooth-enabled devices?  Perfect for business trips, telecommuting, or holding smaller conference calls, check out the four options listed below for a current selection of Bluetooth-enabled speakerphones.

1. Jabra Speak 510 and 510+ Bluetooth and USB Speakerphone – $114.00 – $125.72

Jabra Speak 510

Personal wireless blue tooth and USB speakerphone device to conference anywhere, works with PCs and any Bluetooth enabled device. Jabra Speak 510 comes in both UC and MS Lync optimized versions and easily connect to tablets, mobile phones and headsets via Bluetooth.  Jabra Speak 510+ comes standard with Jabra Link 360 Bluetooth USB adapter. All three provides full compatibility with UC systems and VoIP clients

  • Up to 15 hours talk time
  • Plug-and-play connectivity to PC softphone / UC systems via USB cable
  • Built-in 3.5mm headset port to allow private conversations in open environments
  • 360-degree coverage with built-in omnidirectional microphone allowing attendees to hear and be heard from all angles
  • Digital Signaling Processing (DSP) technology allows crystal clear sound without echos or distorted sound at max volume level
  • Wideband audio and HD Voice
  • Bluetooth A2DP allows multimedia streaming
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty

2. Konftel 55W Wireless Bluetooth Conference Phone$299.95

Konftel 55WSimple and compact wireless bluetooth conference phone with HD sound quality and connects to computers, mobile phone/tablets and desktop phones (adapter required). VoIP calls can be bridged with desktop or mobile phone calls.  Easily combine and switch connections on the LCD colored screen’s smart user interface display. Konftel 55W also include call recording or dictations via SD memory card.  For smaller meetings up to 6 participants or up to 16 with optional expansion mic.  The Konftel 55W comes with a 6-metre electrical cable, AC adapter, battery, USB cable and a Quick Reference Guide.

  • Flexible connectivity options:  USB for VoIP calls, deskphones with optional adapter, cellular phone/tablets and headsets
  • Bluetooth options with cellular phone/tablets
  • Optional expansion microphones
  • OmniSound HD for superior audio quality
  • Rechargeable battery
  • LCD high-resolution color display
  • Switch and combine connections on the LCD display
  • Multiple languages in the phone and quick-reference guide
  • Record meeting on a SD memory card
  • Future-proof – can be upgraded
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty

3. Plantronics Calisto P620 Bluetooth Wireless Conference Speakerphone – $107.85

Plantronics Calisto P620

Calisto 620 is Plantronics’ “no cord, no fuss” portable Bluetooth wireless UC speakerphone and perfect for small conference calls anywhere.  Small and lightweight, instantly transforms your laptop or smartphone into a high quality conference device.  It’s designed to simplify call management with an easy interface for answer/end, mute and volume on your laptop or smart phone, and it comes with a Bluetooth® mini USB adapter for always-ready PC connectivity.The Calisto 620 comes with both UC Standard version for Avaya, Cisco, IBM, Skype and more and also a MS Lync version optimized for Microsoft Lync 2010 and Microsoft OCS 2007.

  • Simplified call management with an easy interface on PC or mobile phone
  • Bluetooth mini USB adapter for always-ready PC connectivity
  • Up to 7 hours wireless talk time, and up to 5 standby time
  • PC wideband audio and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) reduces drop-outs and echo
  • Bi-directional microphones activate in the direction of speaker’s voice
  • Full duplex audio with 360 degree room coverage
  • Integrated A2DP lets you listen to streaming media from your mobile device
  • Includes a soft carrying case
  • 2 years limited manufacturer warranty

4. Polycom VoiceStation 500 Bluetooth-enabled Conference Phone – $357.00

Polycom Voicestation 500

Small Bluetooth-enabled conference phone with up to 7-feet microphone pickup range is ideally suited for desktops, offices, and other small rooms for 3-4 participants.  Connect with any Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones or computers wirelessly for hands-free high quality conferencing or plug in directly to use with any analog phone jack. Polycom VoiceStation 500 comes with the conference phone unit, power module, 21-ft console cord, 7-ft telco cable to RJ-11 telephone jack, 4-ft cellphone connection link, 4-ft computer calling cable and user guide.

  • Polycom Bluetooth-enabled voice conferencing designed for offices and small meeting spaces.
  • Perfect for small conferences with three to four participants with microphone range of up to seven feet
  • Use your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone to connect wirelessly for hands-free voice conferencing, or connect to a Bluetooth-enabled computer for high-quality hands-free conferencing over Internet calling services such as Skype
  • 2.5mm applications port: plug into a wired connection for mobile phone and internet calling when Bluetooth is not available
  • Easy to use and install, no training required, connects into any analog phone jack
  • Patented Acoustic Clarity Technology. Full-duplex for simultaneous, natural, free-flowing conversation and more productive calls
  • Dynamic Noise Reduction (DNR) automatically reduces room background noise from fans, projectors, heating, and air conditioning for clearer sound and more efficient conferencing
  • 360-degree room coverage: a powerful, digitally-tuned custom speaker and three sensitive microphones provide uniform coverage from up to 7 feet away
  • Convenient controls: volume, mute, redial, flash and hold are located on an intuitive, easy-to-use keypad
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty

Introducing VXi Envoy UC Headsets

Just released, VXi’s new Envoy UC headsets is a great USB headset at an affordable price point.  VXi designed the Envoy UC to give users best-in-class sound quality for all variety of office communication situations, and they’ve done an excellent job at that.  The Envoy™ UC is currently available in two models: Envoy™ UC 3031U Stereo UC Headset (VXI-203349) and Envoy™ UC 3010U Monaural UC Headset (VXI-203352).

VXi Envoy UC Headset

VXi Envoy UC Headset

When testing out the new Envoy UC headset, we were pleasantly surprised at the rich and clear audio quality.  For those of us who enjoy some music while working on projects and in-between calls, it is a huge plus.  The Envoy UC’s microphone boom can also be easily positioned for best voice input.  The VXi Envoy UC headset is rated at 95% noise cancellation by 3rd party testing (CJS Labs) which is superior to many others in its range.  For users looking for a great headset for speech recognition or dictate software like Nuance’s Dragon NaturallySpeak, the VXi Envoy UC would also make a great option.

The headset is also light and comfortable enough to wear all day long with the soft leatherette ear-pads resting gently on the ear(s).  And the in-line control for volume, mute and call answer/end is another convenient feature.  All in all, this would make a great contender when considering UC headsets, closely competing with others such as Plantronics’ Blackwire 500 series headsets or Jabra’s UC Voice 550 series headsets.

Features: 

  • USB interface for plug-and-play ease of use.
  • Hi-Fi audio with DSP for clearer conversations and audiophile-quality sound.
  • Advanced noise canceling eliminates background noise and improves communication.
  • Works with popular UC and softphone applications.
  • Lightweight, comfortable design is easy to wear, all day.
  • Real-world durability stands up to every-day use.
  • Inline control of volume, mute and call answer/end.  (Call answer/end controls may require additional software – www.vxicorp.com/usb )
  • Two-year, hassle-free VXi manufacturer warranty.

Mechanical Specifications

  • Headset Weight:  Stereo: 4.29 oz.  Mono: 3.46 oz.
  • Headband: 11” expandable to 13”
  • Mic Boom: Flexible, snap-lock microphone boom

Receiver Specifications

  • Speaker: 36.0 mm wideband
  • SPL:  110 ± 3 dB at 1 mW (0.178 V) with IEC-318
  • Impedance:  32 Ω ± (15%) at 1 KHz, 0.178 V
  • Frequency Response:20 Hz – 20 KHz

Agency Approvals

  • CE, FCC, RoHS

Microphone Specifications

  • Microphone: 6.0 mm bi-directional noise cancelling
  • Ambient Noise Suppression: 95%
  • Frequency Response: 200 Hz – 8 KHz

 

 

Snom Increases IP Phone Warranty to Two Years

Snom has announced they are doubling their IP desktop phones warranty from one to two years to further protect customer’s investment.  This extended warranty will apply to snom phones purchased from July 1, 2013 by customers in North America, Carribbean, Central America, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

The products covered under the new 2 year warranty are:

  • snom 3xx series (300, 320,370)
  • snom 7xx series (710, 720, 760)
  • snom 8xx series (821 and 870)
  • PA1 paging adapter

 

Analog Personal Audio Conferencing Options

Despite the increase in popularity for UC conferencing devices, a high percentage of conference speakerphones sold today are still analog.  If you are one of the many who are still looking to procure an analog conferencing speakerphone for your personal or small meeting uses then this post will give you a few options to consider.

Option 1:  ClearOne Chat50 USB Plus

ClearOne Chat50 USB Plus

A personal speakerphone that connects to a variety of devices (including computers, telephones, mobile phones, MP3 players etc) for clear, full-duplex and hands-free communication.  Being full-duplex, it lets you listen and talk at the same time without cutting in and out of audio.  The sensitive microphone array has 120-degree audio pickup up to 8 feet away so you can talk comfortably.  The ClearOne Chat50 also has built-in echo and noise cancellation to prevent unwanted noises.

For analog use, you would connect the Chat50 to your telephone’s headset jack via the provided 2.5mm cable (it’ll also connect with cell-phones).  The Chat50 is small, slightly larger than a pack of cards so it takes up minimal footprint and is easy to take for travel.  The Chat50 is recommended if you want a good quality, no-fuss, simple-to-use conferencing speakerphone with an economical price.  The great thing about the ClearOne chat50 is you can also use it with your computer for webinars or Skype calls so it is more versatile.

Option 2:  Konftel 100

Konftel 100 Conference Phone

Konftel 100 brings you a great conferencing solution for smaller meetings up to 6 people.  This device uses Konftel’s proprietary OmniSound HD technology which provides full-duplex natural sound.  The 360-degree pick-up and reproduction let you walk and talk freely in the meeting space (up to 300 sqft range).  The Konftel 100 also comes with ultra-sensitive omni-directional microphone with 3 built-in surround speakers to provide clear reception throughout the meeting space.

Konftel 100 comes with dial pad and call control (volume, mute, flash, conference etc) buttons right on the front of the unit so you can make and manage your conference calls easily.  It plugs directly into your analog jack (bypassing the need of a separate deskphone), or to your phone system with an analog card via a modular 6/6, RJ11 port.  Because Konftel 100 only connects via analog, this is recommend if you are looking for a dedicated analog conferencing solution that’s practical, simple-to-use and is great quality.  If you would like to try one out, there is currently a 30-day trial offer on Konftel conference phones.

Option 3:  Polycom VoiceStation 300

Polycom Voicestation 300

A 3rd option would be the Polycom VoiceStation 300.  Similar to Konftel 100 it provides 360-degree room coverage but only up to 7 feet in range.  The Polycom VoiceStation 300 is more suited for personal and smaller conferencing with less than 4 participants.  The VoiceStation’s Dynamic Noise Reduction (DNR) actively removes background noises and Polycom’s Acoustic Clarity technology delivers clear, natural 2-way conversations.

The VoiceStation 300 also comes with dial pad and call controls (volume, mute, flash, hold etc) buttons on the front of the device and a handset phone can be plugged in for a more private conversation.  To use, simply connect the Polycom VoiceStation 300 into any analog phone jack.  The Polycom VoiceStation 300 is recommended if you only need analog connection for smaller or personal conferences and are more comfortable going with the Polycom brand.

I hope the options above will help you get started in selecting your analog personal audio conference phone.  If you’re looking for a personal conferencing device for your computer webinars or bluetooth devices instead, look forward to our next blog post which will go over just that.  If there are any questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or contact us at sales@thetelecomspot.com.